Santa's Lil' Helper
The Simpson family's dog. Santa's Little Helper has been with the Simpson's family the whole series. Homer was relying on a Christmas bonus to buy presents, but didn't get it. Homer took the small amount of Christmas money he made working as a Santa at the Springfield Mall and bet it at the dog track. He had inside information on what dog was going to win, but instead bet on the "long shot," Santa's Little Helper, believing his name to be a sign. Santa's Little Helper finished last (apparently, it was the latest in a long string of last-place finishes), and his frustrated owner abandoned him. Homer and Bart brought him home, and everyone was so happy with him that it was a merry Christmas after all.